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|Wildlife of Westwater Canyon
Our fearless Trip Leader: Joe Kinney
Junior DeLa Hobson, Mike and Toby
Soopatrip and the Squirrel, Davanzo LeDouche
Brian Smith, Chad Friday
Ian Schofield and Elisa Felton
Greg Casto (with 8 person paddle rig)
Justin + Robyn Korkus
|Camp Availability at various Water Stages||Comments|
|1 Miners Cabin||124.0||YES||YES||YES|
|2 Upper Cougar Bar||121.8||YES||YES||NO|
|3 Cougar Bar||121.6||YES||NO||NO|
|4 Little Hole||121.8||YES||YES||YES||Camping on upper bench only at all stages|
|5 Little Dolores (upper)||120.5||YES||YES||YES|| Good
Large Group Campsite
|6 Little Dolores (lower)||120.4||YES||YES||YES||Located just below first stage of rapid (east side)|
|7 Hades Bar||120.1||YES||YES||NO||Small
campsite at medium water stage - wind protection
|8 Big Hole||116.0||YES||YES||YES||Camping on upper bench only except at low stage|
|9 Big Horn||114.0||YES||YES||YES|
|10 Bald Eagle||113.0||YES||YES||YES|
Rapids - Rapids - Rapids
Cubic Feet Per Second
|Rapid (no name)||117.5||I||I||I||I||I|
|Skull (Cisco Bend)||117.4||T||S||T||S||T||Skull Rapid becomes very technical below 1,000 and over 30,000|
* Crazy Joe Kinney has secured a launch permit for 19 people on xxx200x *timeline:
full trip payment $98.00 was due in the BLM office by xxxxx. PAID!
Be ready for: skullcaps, pogies, balaclava, rain, shit, hail, wind, piss, snow and ... some sun.
Canyon moves across the Colorado and Utah borders,
meandering through black shist, and colorful sandstone.
The canyons curl, and bend and carve through the desert canyons, and leave you changed.
The black, uplifted
rocks in the canyon (metamorphic granite gneisses) represent the oldest
exposed formations in eastern Utah (1.75 billion years).
These black rocks are of pre-Cambrian age. The highest pre-Cambrian Gneiss cliffs reach approximately 200 feet above Skull Rapid.
Above the black rock are the multicolored layers of the Chinle formation and the massive, smooth, reddish-brown cliffs of the Wingate sandstone, both of the Triassic age.
Many species of wildlife
inhabit the canyon.
Those most often seen are: Canada geese, great blue heron, ducks, beaver, eagles (autumn and spring), and song birds.
A small seasonal
waterfall is located on the Little Dolores River about 200 yards
upstream form its confluence with the Colorado River.
Several small natural arches are located just below Star Canyon along the skyline.
Historical Features and Legends
The "miner's cabin" is
located on river left at the entrance to Westwater Canyon.
This dugout, log, and rock structure was built in the early 1900s by miners who sought gold in the gravel beds adjacent to the river.
\The area was worked again during the 1930s.
The so-called "outlaw
cave" is perched a short distance above the river on river left below
the Hades Bar campsite.
According to one legend, two brothers robbed a bank in Vernal and hid here for 18 months.
Approximately half a mile farther down the canyon on river left, a rock cairn supposedly marks the grave of one of the brothers.
Westwater: shuttle companies usually about $60.00/vehicle
trip permit status: westwater private permit calendar check